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Junction Point Studios Closed

Gamasutra has the following brief official confirmation from Disney of the rumor that Epic Mickey developer Junction Point Studios is closing:

It was with much sadness that we informed our teams today of changes to our Games organization, which include the closure of Junction Point Studios. These changes are part of our ongoing effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace and to align resources against our key priorities. We’re extremely grateful to Warren Spector and the Junction Point team for their creative contributions to Disney with Disney Epic Mickey and Disney Epic Mickey 2.

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24. Re: Junction Point Studios Closed Jan 29, 2013, 20:42 noman
jdreyer wrote on Jan 29, 2013, 13:34:
While I'm a huge fan of Warren's classic games (Thief, Deus Ex, System Shock, Crusader) I never had any interest at all in Epic Mickey,

Except for Deus-Ex, the games you listed were not Warren Spector's games from any definition.

Thief was completely designed and conceived by Doug Church and his team at Looking Glass. System Shock was again Doug Church and Looking Glass games from all angles. Spector was a liaison man between EA/Origin and Looking Glass. Crusader was Tony Zurovec and his team's efforts. Ultima Underworld 1 and 2 were also created by Looking Glass.

I'd understand if Spector was the person who came with the idea, or even the notion that "let's make these games", but all the games you listed were started with their major design goals all set up years before Spector got involved, and his involvement had nothing to do with game design, asset creation, or any other thing that is generally required before you attribute a game to someone.

He is one of the most over-rated game designers in the industry - not because his games are crap (Deus Ex wasn't), but that a ton of games get wrongfully attributed to him.
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